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A Portrait of Donald J. Trump, by Vic Berger & VICE News

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THE MAN CARD | PREVIEW CUT | A Film About White Male Identity Politics

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Trump (2017 – ) Trump has been a master at tapping into white male anxiety. According to Katz, he easily won the Republican primaries by ridiculing the manhood of his Republican opponents. He portrays himself as a “blue collar” billionaire, glorifying gun culture and tapping into evangelical masculinity (despite his playboy reputation), while running an unapologetically misogynist campaign. His rise to power parallels the rise of strong misogynistic leaders around the world (eg Bolsonaro, Putin, Xi Jingping, and Erdogan).

The Internet of Civil Rights: the New Digital Divide | Brigitte Daniel

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Brigitte Daniel addresses and reframes the new kind of “underserved”: those not only on the wrong side of the digital divide, but those who are impacted by and advocate to keep digital technologies accessible for a new generation of internet civil rights. In her talk, Daniel illustrates how her family’s African American cable company, Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc. has evolved over the last 40 years and has helped to provide technologies to those communities who have been overlooked for decades. Daniel talks about the diverse body of voices that make up internet users, how new internet policies are shaping a global change in its use and status, and how we must strive to effectively serve and provide digital access to all people in order to create a more just society. A ‘telecom visionary’ according to Marie Claire magazine and a vocal advocate for gender and cultural diversity in the tech industry, Ms. Brigitte Daniel has emerged as a national thought leader and supporter for d

The New Digital Divide: The Perception Problem | Navarrow Wright

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Navarrow Wright recently launched the "Close The Divide" project ( http://closethedividefor.me ) which aims to increase awareness about the digital opportunity to under-served audiences.

Let's Fix the Digital Divide

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The current pandemic has exposed the reality that America’s telecoms have failed to deliver the high speed broadband they had promised and that telephone customers paid for. Today, millions of people are without high-speed internet access, not only in rural areas, but also throughout inner cities, with low income areas hit the hardest. This unequal access to broadband is called the "Digital Divide." The telecoms built much of the fiber optic network they promised the American public (and which is needed for their 5G network), but failed to connect millions of customers who had paid for fiber optic connectivity through rate increases on their phone bills. Now, every city and every state is looking for solutions to fix this ‘have and have not’ situation - and to fund safe, secure, fast, and reliable infrastructure. Wireless companies are pushing their agenda hard, but  unregulated wireless is no solution! This Tuesday, we're asking you to please watch this short e

IN THE NEWS #BigIsms

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  The injustice of slavery is not over: the graves of the enslaved are still being desecrated Afua Hirsch, 8 October 2020, The Guardian It should come as no surprise that centuries of amnesia towards Britain’s own history has left us with a lot to learn. My personal school education during the 1990s contained a gaping hole between the Tudors and the second world war. If you wanted to surgically remove the period of colonial expansion and transatlantic enslavement, you’d struggle to beat it. So those of us with time, resources and motivation are left to bridge the void through self-education, which often involves grappling with significant facts and figures. The numbers of Africans estimated to have been trafficked by Europeans to their American and Caribbean colonies: 12 million-plus. Deaths on the Middle Passage alone, across the Atlantic: 1.5 million at a highly conservative estimate. The cumulative individual tragedies on slave trails to the coast, in the barracoons, an

In The News #BigIsms

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Trump is afraid of honest history James Grossman, October 1, 2020, New York Daily News Grossman is the executive director of the American Historical Association. “Teaching this horrible doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse in the true sense of those words,” the president of the United States declared recently at the White House Conference on American History. He was referring to an approach to teaching history called “critical race theory,” which ties together ideas about power, race and the law in ways that are sufficiently controversial to generate fierce and meaningful debate. First things first. For the president to liken a controversial pedagogical theory to child abuse trivializes a serious crime and its traumatic effects. The provocative, false statement must be denounced before it has a chance to resonate. The president made other provocative claims at the conference. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach o

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absolute power depends on absolute control over knowledge, which in turn necessitates absolute corruption

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